The Comment In Question

I’m not a frequent reader of “Captain” Ed Morrissey, which I suppose is only natural all things considered. But it’s worth reading his take on whether or not Alberto Gonzales lied under oath. Primarily because it shows a phenomenon I think is running rather rampant through the ranks of the GOP and those conservatives who are growing quickly disillusioned with the neoconservative movement: denial.

Just like there are Republicans who are changing their mind about Iraq but refusing to vote that way; just like the Republican senators who openly have no confidence Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but won’t vote on this (I tip my hat to Senator Arlen Specter for calling out Democrats for what he believed to be making political hay and still having the temerity to vote his conscious); “Captain” Ed, despite having severe misgivings regarding Alberto Gonzales, still goes through great lengths to carry water for him.

It’s almost as though all of these people are being dragged by their heels, kicking and screaming, to the truth, and they’re holding onto whatever they can on the way.

In a way it’s highly reminiscent of the arguments for the Libby pardon, the most prominent being, “He didn’t out Plame!” Well, okay no, but then that wasn’t what he was convicted of, nor did Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald believe he was going to be able to prosecute and convict anyone of outing Plame as the laws on the books for that particular crime are incredibly narrow and therefore lenient. Libby was sentenced to jail because he committed a crime, several in fact, including two crimes that severely compromise the integrity of our justice system; perjury, and obstruction of justice.

So too does “Captain” Ed attempt to defend Alberto Gonzales with a particularly silly strawman; that all this dissent being cast around was about a different intelligence program, not the TSP.

But in his case he omits probably the most important paragraphs of the article, the ones that say specifically:

A four-page memo from the national intelligence director’s office says the White House briefing with the eight lawmakers on March 10, 2004, was about the terror surveillance program, or TSP.

The memo, dated May 17, 2006, and addressed to then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert, details “the classification of the dates, locations, and names of members of Congress who attended briefings on the Terrorist Surveillance Program,” wrote then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

And let’s all remember the actual quote here that is being called in question, “There has been no serious disagreement about the program”.

No disagreement? Apparently Comey and Ashcroft disagreed, and in direct conflict with Alberto Gonzales’ testimony about being “no serious disagreement,” Nancy Pelosi has said that she, along with Comey, did not agree with the program. Along with Senators Rockafeller and Daschle. (Note; if you want a great example of some Fox news double speak, check out its coverage of the exact same item under the headline, “Nancy Pelosi Supports Part of Alberto Gonzales’ Testimony” which is funny, because she didn’t other than to say that a meeting happened.)

Which brings us all back around to Ed and anyone else carrying water for this guy. Why do it? I am literally at a place where I don’t understand anymore. If you liked the guy, thought he could do good, then sure, i could buy off on it. If there was a half way valid argument that he shouldn’t at least be investigated, then okay, I see where you are coming from. But here is a guy who is lousy at his job and has a considerable amount of evidence stacking up against him.

Did you guys just go soft on crime all of a sudden?

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